The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 2

Overview

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (or SWFA)—and the Grand Master Award is given by the SWFA to a living author for a lifetime's achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.

Frederik Pohl, one of the world's finest SF authors and editors, has been authorized to edit an anthology in three large-format volumes featuring substantial selections of the work of all the first fifteen Grand ...

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Overview

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (or SWFA)—and the Grand Master Award is given by the SWFA to a living author for a lifetime's achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.

Frederik Pohl, one of the world's finest SF authors and editors, has been authorized to edit an anthology in three large-format volumes featuring substantial selections of the work of all the first fifteen Grand Masters. These are the seminal writers within the modern SF field, those whose works are of dominant importance and lasting influence.

Volume Two, presenting the second five writers to receive the award, offers fiction by Andre Norton, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Alfred Bester, and Ray Bradbury.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Pohl has done an excellent job of including stories that capture the essence of their authors while representing a variety of their work . . . The SFWA Grand Masters is a fascinating and entertaining sampler tray, an excellent starting point and hors d'oeuvre for the whole of modern SF."—Gary K. Wolfe, Locus
Science Fiction Weekly
If anything, The SFWA Grand Masters: Volume 2 is even stronger than its predecessor, which was a very good book. Pohl is doing a wonderful job assembling a series that's long overdue.
Locus
On the basis of the...pieces...one can conclude that [some of the authors] were having a degree of sheer imaginative fun that may no longer be available to SF writers in today's market.
KLIATT
The Grand Master award is given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to a living author for a lifetime's achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. This is the second in a series of three big volumes to anthologize the work of the first 15 Grand Master award winners. Included here are: Andre Norton; Arthur C. Clarke; Isaac Asimov; Alfred Bester; and Ray Bradbury. (Actually, Alfred Bester received his award posthumously, as is noted in Pohl's introduction to his works here.) As in the first volume, for each author there is an introduction by Pohl, at least four stories, and a short list of recommended reading. The copyrights span from 1946-1989. This represents a major undertaking and another priceless volume. While Asimov's "Robbie" robot story is missing here, the others chosen are equally brilliant and not as well known. This will serve as a solid introduction to these classic writers and hopefully open doors for a new readership. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Tor, 432p., $15.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Sherry S. Hoy; Libn., Tuscarora Jr. H.S., Mifflintown, PA , September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)
Science Fiction Age
One is struck by the fundamental intelligence of these writers. There is an inexorable rightness to the way in which they told their stories…
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312868789
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: SFWA Grand Master Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederik Pohl has won all the major awards in the field of science fiction, including three Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards, both for Best Novel; the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, also for Best Novel; he was accorded the accolade of Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He's also won three Hugo awards as editor of the best magazine. He edited the groundbreaking Star Science Fiction series of original-story anthologies. He and his wife, educator and political activist Elizabeth Anne Hull, live in Palatine, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Frederik Pohl

ANDRE NORTON

Mousetrap

Were-Wrath

All Cats are Gray

Serpent's Tooth

ARTHUR C. CLARKE

Rescue Party

The Secret

Reunion

The Star

A Meeting with Medusa

ISAAC ASIMOV

The Last Question

It's Such a Beautiful Day

Strikebreaker

The Martian Way

ALFRED BESTER

Disappearing Act

Fondly Fahrenheit

Comment on Fondly Fahrenheit

The Four-Hour Fugue

Hobson's Choice

RAY BRADBURY

The City

The Million-Year Panic

All Summer in a Day

There Will Come Soft Rains

The Affluence of Despair

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